Adopting embryos is a journey that begins with many questions:

“What is embryo adoption?”

“How expensive is it?”

“What does the process look like?”

“Which program should I choose?”

And once these initial questions have been answered and you have made the decision to move forward with embryo adoption, you may have another question that comes to mind:

“How many embryos should I adopt?”

Maybe your family is growing, and adding one more child would complete your circle. “Simple!” You think, “I’ll adopt one embryo and have one child!”

Unfortunately, the likelihood of every embryo not only surviving the thawing process, but resulting in a viable pregnancy is not always probable. For every one child desired, two embryos are recommended.

As a standard, families who desire 1-2 children will usually adopt 3-4 embryos. For 3-4 children desired, 5-7 embryos are recommended. However, adopting families must be aware of the very real possibility that all embryos could result in a pregnancy, and should seriously consider if they would be open to having 5 children instead of the initial 3-4 they had imagined. Additionally, the possibility of twins does arise from a single embryo if it splits (yes…this does happen!), or if two embryos are transferred at once.

It is estimated that there are over one million embryos frozen in storage in the United States, which means that there are embryos available for every type of family, whether they have kiddos in the home already or are starting out on the journey of parenthood for the first time. To learn more about the programs you can pursue for embryo adoption or donation, visit